"Do you tax thievery? What is going on at Geysir is thievery, " said Ogmundur Jonasson, MP for the Left-Green Movement and former minister, at a radio interview today. Ogmundur said that he does not support the landowners decision to charge a fee into Geysir Geothermal Area. The MP criticized the decision harshly.
The fee was implemented last week and the landowners charge the fee even though the government has filed a suit against them. The government is a co-owner of the land, and the government owns the main geysers completely. It is still uncertain whether the fee is taxable, or if the collection is at all legal.
"Of course the fee is not taxable. This should be banned and closed." said Ogmundur and added that people should not get away with this. The government is implementing a Nature Pass that will allow holders to enter the main tourist attractions in Iceland. The collection at Geysir is considered a stone in the path, and the government has offered to pay for necessary maintenance at the area. The fee at Geysir is also quite steep, or €4.